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The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How did Socrates receive his sentencing?

2. What was the biggest factor that confused the debate between Socrates and Euthyphro?

3. What is the first of the four dialogues contained in "The Last Days of Socrates"?

4. Thrasyllus was a scholar from what century?

5. According to the introductory notes, who is this version of "The Last Days of Socrates" intended for?

Short Essay Questions

1. What charges are being brought against Socrates, and by whom?

2. Who are some of the authors, mentioned in Book 3, Chapter 1, who wrote about Socrates?

3. How does Plato refer to himself in the Socratic dialogues?

4. What does Tarrant use as an example to illustrate the differences in mentality, in this section, regarding death and suicide?

5. What does Crito want Socrates to do?

6. What does Tarrant warn readers about, regarding Socrates, and the various literary characters based on him?

7. What is the "transmigration of souls"?

8. Who is present at Socrates' execution?

9. What happened with Socrates' friend at the Oracle of Delphi?

10. What is "Idealism" in philosophy?

Essay Topics

Socrates refuted the idea that he was wise and claimed that the only way in which he might be exceptionally wise is in acknowledging the extent of his own ignorance and uncovering that of others. Do you agree that this is a very specific type of wisdom? Do you agree that this is the only type of wisdom that Socrates possessed? Why or why not? Do you think he was sincere in his assessment of his own ignorance? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Socrates denies the accusation that he tries to teach; he claims that he is only an ignorant man who is inquisitive in an effort to gain knowledge. How sincere do you think his profession of ignorance is? Do you think he really believes it? Or is it simply an effort to circumvent the pride of learned men and get them to talk to him, even though he is challenging their beliefs? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Socrates' final wish was that a rooster be given as an offering to Asclepius, the god of healing. What was the significance of this request? Why would Socrates ask for an offering to be given to Asclepius, instead of Apollo - the god of wisdom, and the one who supposedly gave Socrates his other inspirations? What is the significance of the rooster? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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